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Depart London Heathrow for Delhi. Arrival is just before midnight and we transfer directly to our hotel.
With a relaxed start in Delhi to get a feel of the city before our more detailed sightseeing at the end of the holiday.
We’ll take the train today to the Sikh holy city of Amritsar in Punjab (approx 6 hour journey). We have time to relax before dinner and we will stay in Amritsar for 2 nights’ accommodation.
Following breakfast we’ll see the Golden Temple, the holiest of Sikh temples, and we’ll make a sunset visit to see the ceremonial Retreat at the Wagah Border, the only land crossing border between India and Pakistan
Making the journey overland to Dharamshala, we’ll travel approximately 125 miles, making stops en route to stretch your legs and we’ll enjoy a restaurant lunch. We’ll stay in Dharamshala for 4 nights. From today, until we reach Chandigarh, we will be travelling in SUV vehicles.
Starting from the nearby village of Naddi, we’ll walk through a beautiful deodar forest to Bhagsu village stopping at a Buddist stupa (place of meditation) en route to Galu Temple. After lunch, we’ll continue our walk to a nearby waterfall, and also visit a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, before returning to Dharmshala. A stop may also be made at the Institute of Tibetan Art. A hot lunch will be included today.
Walking time: Approx. 5 hours
Elevation: Starting at 1900m, reaching 2100m and finishing at 1800m
Terrain: An easy walk following a forest trail with a short steep descent from Galu temple to Bhagsu village.
We’ll have a true Tibetan experience today as we explore the Upper Town of Dharamshala, McLeod Ganj, where the residence of the Dalai Lama is located. We’ll see Tse Chokling Monastery, St John in the Wilderness Church, village school, Tibetan Medical Centre, and Norbulingka (a learning centre for traditional Tibetan art and craft). We’ll also see the Dalai Lama residence and plan to take a Kora holy walk, where you may see Buddhist monks and nuns chanting holy hymns.
Today, we’ll walk from Naddi to the tribal village of Bahl, located in the foothills of the Dhauladhar mountains, and enjoy a short visit of the village. A steep climb takes us on to Galu Village, where we can enjoy a packed lunch.
Walking time: Approx. 4.5-5 hours
Elevation: Starting at 2000m, reaching 2500m and finishing at 2000m
Terrain: A forest trail with some stony parts and a short, steep climb on rocky terrain.
We travel deeper into the Himalayan foothills today to Manali, located at the head of the Kullu Valley. The approximate 150 miles drive takes us through breathtaking scenery of snow capped peaks, pine forests and fruit orchards. We’ll make refreshment stops en route and also stop for a restaurant lunch. We stay in Manali for 4 nights.
We’ll start with a short drive to the village of Salong and make our way back to Manali with a leisurely walk through the Salong Valley passing traditional villages along the way. We’ll return to Manali by vehicle. A packed lunch will be included today.
Walking time: Approx. 5 hours
Elevation: Starting at 2500m, finishing at 2050m.
Terrain: Following well trodden village tracks.
From the nearby village of Vashishat, with its hot springs, we’ll walk to the sacred Jogini waterfall. From here, we’ll continue to Nehru Kund where our vehicles will take us to the snowline towards Rohtang Pass, which offers sweeping valley and snow capped mountain views.
Walking time: Approx. 2.5 hours
Elevation: Starting at 2100m, reaching 2150m and finishing at 2100m (3000m by vehicle)
Terrain: An easy start with a gradual ascent for 30-40 minutes to the falls, following a dirt track, followed by a 30 minute, steep (but short) descent to Nehru Kund.
From Prini village, a short drive from Manali, we’ll walk to Upper Prini village before continuing to Naggar village, located on the banks of the Beas River, to visit Naggar Castle, where we’ll have lunch, and Roerich Gallery which houses paintings by Russian artist Nicholas Roerich. Time permitting, we may include a short walk this afternoon.
Walking time: Approx. 2 hours
Elevation: Starting at 1900m, reaching 2000m
Terrain: A little ascent at the beginning, which evens out for an easy and steady walk
Our journey today takes us 160 miles to the hill station of Shimla, the capital of Himachal Pradesh. Refreshment stops will be made en route, including lunch at a local restaurant. We stay in Shimla for 3 nights.
Today, we’ll take the Heritage Walk of Shimla visiting the Vice Regal Lodge, once the residence of Mountbatten and now the Institute of Advanced Studies, following the Mall where we’ll see the Cecil Hotel, Kennedy House and Lakar Bazar. Lunch is included at a local restaurant today and there will be some free time.
We’ll drive to Mashobara where we’ll start our walk through a pine forest to Seepur village, sometimes steeply on tracks and reasonable paths. We follow the contours going through several hamlets to Kanda village. Towards the end the path goes a little off-piste on a steep track but then the path is nicely graded down to the village. Here we will meet out transport and return to Woodville Palace Hotel for tea on lawn. A packed lunch is included today.
Walking time: Approx. 3-3.5 hours
Elevation: Starting at 2200m and finishing at 2200m
Terrain: A level walking day at an even altitude following a forest trail.
Our Toy Train journey today offers some spectacular views of the valleys as it twists its way down gradually from Shimla to Khandaghat (approx. 2 hours). We’ll then take a short drive to Dharampur, where we’ll have lunch before boarding our train to Delhi at Kalka (journey to Delhi approx 3.5 hours). We stay in Delhi for 2 nights’.
Today we visit continue with our visit of Old and New Delhi including, seeing Humayun’s tomb and grounds, Laxmi Narayan temple, Qutub Minar, Ghandi’s house, Parliament House, and Indian Gate. We may have the opportunity to walk in Lodi Gardens and visit Khan Market. We spend the night in Delhi with dinner.
We transfer to the airport for the flight to London, arriving the same day.